2018 Common Ground Summit
Save The Date // Athens // The Classic Center // August 2
The Georgia Conservancy's Common Ground Summit will bring together communities large and small interested in sustainable economic futures through conservation and outdoor recreation.
Funding mechanisms, land acquisitions, historic preservation, collaborations, partnerships, marketing - each community or initiative has a unique story to tell. The Common Ground Summit will feature morning and lunchtime keynote addresses, eight panel discussions and an afternoon workshop, providing attendees the opportunity to learn about the various approaches taken by communities, organizations and programs to forward a conservation and outdoor recreation-focused economy. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with Georgia’s leaders in conservation, local government and business throughout the day.
Registration to the 2018 Common Ground Summit is $50 per person and includes light breakfast and lunch.
Please check back regularly for detailed updates to the schedule and panelist bios.
Common Ground MORNING KeyNOte ADDRESS
CHRIS CLARK - PRESIDENT & CEO - GEORGIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
A Georgia native, Chris Clark is the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University. Prior to joining the Georgia Chamber, Chris served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. Before his state service, he was the President of the Fayette County Development Authority and CEO of the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Council of State Chambers as the Secretary Treasurer, and sits on the boards of the Georgia Allies, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Georgia College and State University Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council of 100, the U.S. Chamber’s Board, and the Political Affairs Committee. Among other things, he is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia.
He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been consistently named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians and one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s most influential Atlantans. He received GEDA’s Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Life Center, a Christian outreach program that provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and educational classes for those in need.
Chris and his wife, Tiffany, and their son, Christian, live in Peachtree City and attend Dogwood Church.
The Common Ground Summit will feature four panel discussions that examine Georgia communities that are utilizing conservation and outdoor recreation to enhance their economic futures, and four panel discussions that examine regional or statewide programs or initiatives that marry conservation, land-use and/or ecology to the greater economic health of our state.
Session One - 10 AM - Piedmont Room
The newly unveiled 18-mile multi-use path in Carrollton connects economic centers, neighborhoods, schools and universities, as well as existing city parks and waterways.
Exploring the Possibility for An Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve
Session One - 10 AM - Blue Ridge Room
Efforts are well underway in the plan to expand the existing Ocmulgee National Monument and to investigate options for conserving a treasured natural and historical landscape along the Ocmulgee River between Macon to Hawkinsville.
PorterDale & The Yellow river
Session Two - 11 AM - Piedmont Room
A former mill town, Porterdale in Newton County is experiencing a renaissance through utilizing and enhancing existing resources, both natural and built.
Milton Greenspace Initiative
Session Three - 1 PM - Piedmont Room
Voters from the City of Milton went to the ballot in 2016 to pass a local ballot referendum that will dedicate $25 million to public greenspace protection and expansion.
Session Four - 2 PM - Blue Ridge Room
Welcoming visitors both nearby and afar, nature centers provide communities with the educational lens through which to experience our local environments.
The Wildlife Economy
Session Two - 11 AM - Blue Ridge Room
Georgia’s wildlife – both game and non game- has a profound benefit to the economy through recreational activities like hunting, fishing and birding.
Session Four - 2 PM - Piedmont Room
Known as an agricultural giant, Georgia's climate and varied geography provide for the diverse crops and unique landscapes that support this sector of our economy.
Georgia State Parks
Session Three - 1 PM - Blue Ridge Room
For many, our state parks provide an affordable, accessible way to experience Georgia's land and water. They are also the economic backbone for many communities.